25th city winner for the season

May 01, 2017

There was nobody happier at Sandown on Wednesday than our very own Sarah Moran who was beaming with pride after the very tough on pace win recorded by Classic Diva in the Elaren Handicap.

Sarah is responsible for having brought together a big group of happy owners to race the daughter of High Chaparral and many of them were on course, the filly welcomed back to scale by a roar of appreciation!

"It's a fantastic result," Robbie Griffiths said, "a well bred horse with a big group of owners enjoying city success, that's what race is all about."

And Robbie feels Classic Diva has been unfortunate not to have more than two wins on her record - "she has been racing good races without the benefit of luck," he said.

Held up for runs on three different occasions at recent outings, Classic Diva was this time able to make her own luck with the blinkers added.

Jumping fast to sit second, she travelled beautifully for Ben Thompson and, when challenged over the final stages, really dug deep.

"She felt the other horse come up on the outside of her and she was really tough," Thompson said.

Robbie paid tribute to his brother for the suggestion that Classic Diva wear blinkers -"Rod watches all the races at home and said mate, you've gotta put shades on her."

"So we did and they did the job and really seemed to help her stay focused."

Robbie is confident that there is more to come for Classic Diva - "she has the pedigree to go right on with it."

The stable's 25th metro winner for the season, Classic Diva was bred by our good friends at Hillside Thoroughbreds.

Purchased at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier, she is out of the imported Danehill Dancer mare Classic Music whose dam is the wonderful race mare Pipalong.